Willie Nelson, Linda Eder Top Weekend Offerings

From music to comedy, there are plenty of ways to find a weekend diversion.

Wellmont Theatre, Montclair

THIS WEEKEND Tonight — Rusko and Sigma perform at 8 p.m.

NEXT WEEKWillie Nelson & Family, 8 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday

BOOK IT NOW:   Buddy Guy and Jonny Lang, 8 p.m., Saturday, June 9; Bonnie Raitt and Mavis Staples, 8 p.m., Tuesday, June 19.

Check out wellmonttheatre.com for more shows.

New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Newark

THIS WEEKEND: Tonight, Saturday — Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, NJPAC's principal resident dance company, performs its yearly NJPAC show, 8 p.m., Prudential Hall; Saturday — Will Downing, the reigning romanticst R&B crooner, makes women swoon at 8 p.m., Victoria Theater. 

NEXT WEEK: Chita Rivera, who performed for decades in a variety of Broadway's classic hits, performs her review, with two shows, Saturday, May 19, Prudential Hall; Bill Maher, Jersey guy and comedic iconoclast and host of HBO's Real Time With Bill Maher, gets politcally incorrect at 8 p.m., Sunday, May 20 

BOOK IT NOW: Tony-winning performer and TV, film favorite Bernadette Peters, performs a mix of standards and surprises, 8 p.m., Saturday, June 2, Prudential Hall; NJ Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony — the Class of 2012 includes Michael Douglass, Joyce Carol Oates, Sarah Vaughn, 7 p.m., Saturday, June 9 

Check out njpac.org to check out these and other events.

The Prudential Center, Newark

THIS WEEKEND: Saturday — McDonalds Gospelfest, 4 p.m.

NEXT WEEK: New York Liberty v. Sol, 4 p.m., Saturday, May 19; 

BOOK IT NOW: Trippy rock band Radiohead, with special guest, Caribou, 7:30 p.m., Thursday, May 31

Check out prucenter.com for details about these and other shows.

South Orange Performing Arts Center, South Orange

THIS WEEKEND: Tonght — "An Intimate Evening with Linda Eder" gives the legendary performer the chance to share her interpretations of the classic standards, pop, country and jazz tunes, 8 p.m.; Saturday — "An Evening with Tom Wopat" gives audiences the chance to see how the former "Duke of Hazzard" honed his musical chops over the years on the Broadway boards; 8 p.m., Saturday, May 12

NEXT WEEK: No shows

BOOK IT NOW: Russell Thompkins Jr. and the New Stylistics, features the voice of many '70s R&B classics, such as "You Make Me Feel Brand New," "Betcha By Golly Wow" and "Stone In Love With You"; 8 p.m., Friday, June 1.

Go to sopacnow.org for more details about all shows.

The Borgata 

THIS WEEKEND: Saturday — Florence & The Machine, Event Center

NEXT WEEK: Beach Boys 50th Anniversary Tour, 8 p.m., Saturday, May 19, Event Center; Joan Rivers, 6 and 9 p.m., Saturday, May 19, The Music Box

BOOK IT NOW: Hip-hoppin' stud du jour Pitbull brings the party tunes, 9 p.m., Friday, May 25, Event Center, Rock icon Steve Winwood, 9 p.m., Friday, May 25, the Music Box

Check out theborgata.com for details about these and other shows.

Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank

THIS WEEKEND: Tonight — 
Music, cultural and biofuel icon Willie Nelson performs at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday — Country singer LeAnn Rimes performs at 7:30 p.m.

NEXT WEEK: No shows

BOOK IT NOW: Steve Winwood, whose music and influence on music has spanned decades, performs at 8 p.m., Sunday, May 27.

Go to countbasietheatre for more details about all shows.

Mayo Performing Arts Center, Morristown

This Weekend: Saturday — "An Evening with Steve Tyrell and Debby Boone," features their hits, 8 p.m., Saturday, May 12

NEXT WEEK: "An Evening with Lidia Bastianich," host of Lidia's Italy, gets together with her foodie fans for a festive discussion for foodies about her life, her career, and of course, food! 8 p.m., Thursday  

BOOK IT NOW: Guitar hero Joe Walsh brings his "Analog Tour" into Mo-town at 8 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 7; Darius Rucker, the lead singer of Hootie and the Blowfish who's now topping the country charts as a solo performer, plays at 8 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 13.

Check out mayoarts.org for details about these and other shows.

Scotty’s Steakhouse, Springfield

THIS WEEK: Tonight and Saturday — Robin Fox, star of the "Bud Lite Ladies of Laughter" shows, as well as XM and Sirius radio comedy channels, headlines a show that features Julia Scotti and Dr. Freddy Seltzer. Friday and Saturday

NEXT WEEKKerri Louise, who's appeared on Oprah, Last Comic Standing and starred with her husband, comedian Tom Cotter, in a reality show called Two Funny, takes to the Scotty's stage; Friday and Saturday, May 18, 19

BOOK IT NOW: BrianMcKim is a writer and professional standup comic who has performed in all 50 states! He was was a semifinalist on season 7 of the NBC reality show "Last Comic Standing." See for yourself on Friday and Saturday, June 1, 2

For details and more information, log onto scottyssteakhouse.com.

Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Madison

THIS WEEK: The theatre begins its 50th Anniversary season! No shows this weekend 

BOOK IT NOW: Henry IV, Part One, the play that tells the story of the delinquent Prince Hal, the fiery Hotspur and the invented Falstaff, and a host of nobles and ne’er-do-wells, comes to life ppeared on May 30-June 24; The Liar, adapted by American playwright from the 17th-century comedy by Pierre Corneille, July 4-29

For details and more information, log on to shakespearenj.org

Shanghai Jazz, Madison

THIS WEEKEND: Tonight – Brynn, Grover and Jazz Jump features Groveman Kemble and Brynn Stanley, Saturday — Nick Role Trio features the pianist and his bandmates; Sunday — MOTHER'S DAY EVENT, with Bucky Pizzarelli Trio, featuring three seatings (call to make reservations)

NEXT WEEK: John Carlini Trio features everything from jazz to blues and bluegrass, Friday, May 18; Grammy-nominated piano phenom Christian Sands brings his trio, Saturday, May 19

BOOK IT NOW: Guitarist John Zweig brings his eponymous trio, destined to perform from the Great American Jazz Songbook as well as original compositions too, Thursday, May 31

All shows 6:30 and 8:30. Check out shanghaijazz.com for more details.

Stress Factory Comedy Club, New Brunswick

THIS WEEK: Tonight and Saturday — W. Kamou Bell, a regular on Comedy Central and Comics Unleashed, performs.

NEXT WEEK: Amy Shumer, who was featured on Last Comic Standing and The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, May 17-19

Book It Now:  Rex Navarrete, from Lopez Tonight, Hella Pinoy, Badass Madapaka, 8 p.m., Tuesday, May 22

Check out stressfactory.com for more details.

Union County Performing Arts Center, Rahway


NEXT WEEK: Oddball crooner and born-too-late vaudeville jokester Leon Redbone tickles eccentrics' funny bones and regales them with songs that haven't been recorded since the days of 78-rpm Victrolas, 8 p.m., Friday, May 18

BOOK IT NOW:  Modern blues stalwart Robert Cray performs at 8 p.m., Friday, June 15; An acoustic evening with rock/pop legend Dave Mason, 8 p.m., Thursday, June 28

Go to unioncountypac for more details about all shows.


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